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Islington Support Payment Scheme update

Details of the launch of the Islington Support Payment Scheme, which has been set up for people who experienced abuse while placed by Islington Council in its children's homes between 1966 to 1995.

Islington Support Payment Scheme is now open

Tuesday 31 May 2022

The Islington Support Payment Scheme is now open for applications.

About the Islington Support Payment Scheme

Here’s a reminder of some key information about the scheme:

  • A support payment scheme has been set up for people who experienced abuse while placed by Islington Council in its children’s homes from 1966-1995
  • The scheme enables people affected by abuse to receive a financial support payment of £10,000
  • Payments will be made through a process that is as straightforward and quick to access as possible, and that tries to minimise the need to re-live past trauma, or the risk of further trauma or harm
  • The scheme is part of the council’s wider support available for survivors. This includes trauma support and support to access care records, work and learning, housing and welfare advice, and community, health and wellbeing activities.

How to make an application

For more information about the scheme and to make an application, visit the Islington Support Payment Scheme website.

Applicants can complete the form online, or ask for a paper version by:

Islington Support Payment Scheme website

Help and support with your application

Trained case advisors are available now to help with:

  • any questions about the scheme and how to apply
  • making sure applicants are aware of their options under the scheme.

You can contact the dedicated team on 020 7527 3254 or email supportpayment@islington.gov.uk

Help and support for people affected by abuse

The scheme has been designed to be straightforward and tries to minimise the need to re-live past or further trauma as much as possible. However, some essential information is required to process the applications. We understand that recounting experiences of abuse may be difficult, and there is support available for people who would like it.

Support for survivors

If you would like to receive updates on the Support Payment Scheme, sign up to email updates.

Isington Support Payment Scheme update

Friday 27 May 2022 

We’re due to open the Islington Support Payment Scheme for applications on Tuesday 31 May.

We’d like to thank the very many people, especially people directly affected by abuse, who have contacted us with questions and feedback. Your shared views continue to shape developments across several important areas.

About the Islington Support Payment Scheme (SPS)

Here is a reminder of some key information about the scheme, and how it works.

  • A support payment scheme is being set up for people who experienced abuse while placed by Islington Council in its children’s homes from 1966-1995
  • The scheme will enable people affected by abuse to receive a financial support payment of £10,000
  • Payments will be made through a process that is as straightforward and quick to access as possible, and that tries to minimise the need to re-live past trauma, or the risk of further trauma or harm
  • The scheme is part of the council’s wider support available for survivors. This includes trauma support and support to access care records, work and learning, housing and welfare advice, and community, health and wellbeing activities.

Agreement on benefits

We have secured the necessary agreement that payments received from this scheme will not be taken into account for the purposes of calculating entitlement benefits administered by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Help and support with your application

At each stage of the application process, the support payment scheme has been designed and developed to support people who have been affected by abuse.

Trained case advisers will communicate with applicants throughout the process and will be available to:

  • help survivors and others with questions about the scheme and how to apply
  • help applicants access practical help (for example finding records) and emotional support
  • ensure applicants are aware of their options under the scheme.

Some people may feel they would benefit from additional support. In these circumstances, the team’s link worker will help applicants find the support they need.

Help and support for people affected by abuse

To access help and support for people affected by non-recent child abuse in Islington please visit our dedicated webpage.

If you would like to receive updates on the Support Payment Scheme, sign up to email updates.

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